At Swinden Homes, we care more, which is why we understand how difficult it can be for you to sell your home. You may be feeling a little anxious about the entire process, and rightfully so. You want to make sure you get the best price for your home, and there are numerous things to think about before putting your home on the market.
We’ve put together some tips below that should help you get the best price for your home. Keep in mind that each situation is unique and you should always consult with a professional before making any final decisions.
1. Get your home ready to sell
The first step is to get your home ready to sell. This means cleaning it up, fixing any repairs that need to be made, and making it look as appealing as possible to potential buyers. You want them to walk in and fall in love with your home. It may seem like a lot of extra work, but if you can get this right, it will save you time and money on the back end. This means that before you plan to bring your home to market, you should have someone professionally inspect it in person and give you a list of all the repairs that need to be made. You can then get started on fixing these items so your home looks its best.
2. Know what appraisers look for
When you list your home, any prospective buyer will be required to bring in an appraiser. This is a way for their lender to confirm the value of your home. When it comes to getting the best possible price, knowing what appraisers look for is key. Appraisers typically value a home based on three factors: location, condition, and square footage. If you can make your home as appealing as possible in these areas, you’re likely to get a higher appraisal and, therefore, a better price for your home. When selling your home, it’s also important to make sure everything looks as professional as possible. An unkempt home will increase the appearance of wear and tear, so make sure to keep a clean house and a trimmed and well-kept lawn or front yard.
When an appraiser comes by, they will be looking at a number of different things. First, they will want to make sure that the house is structurally sound. They will also look at the condition of the roof, windows, and doors. If there are any obvious repairs that need to be made, they will make note of it and this could affect the appraisal. In terms of square footage, appraisers typically look at the living area, as this is the most important part of the house. They will also look at the size of the lot, as well as any other features that may add to the value of the home. Additionally, they will also look at the surrounding structures, such as buildings and other homes. This is a way to determine what someone may be willing to pay for your home in comparison with others nearby.
3. Go into the process with an understanding of what your home may be worth
No two homes are exactly alike, which is why it’s important to know how much yours could be worth before you set out with the hopes of getting top dollar. Every home has its own characteristics that will ultimately determine what it’s worth for someone looking to purchase. That said, there are tools available online (like Zillow) that can give you a ballpark estimate of what your home may be worth. This can help you get an idea of where to start when it comes to setting your asking price.
One of the best ways to get a good idea of what your home is worth is to get it independently assessed by an appraiser. Appraisers are looking at all of the same things that you can see when taking a look around your home, however, they have the training and expertise necessary to give you a more accurate estimate. This can be helpful in understanding what you should ask for when putting your home on the market and can give you an idea of what repairs may need to be made before doing so.
4. Time your sale right
The time of year may have an impact on the price of your home. Spring and summer typically offer more activity in terms of buyers, so you may find better luck putting your home on the market during this time. In addition to this, it’s important to keep in mind what else is going on in your market. If there are a lot of homes for sale in your area, yours may not be as appealing to buyers and you may have to lower your asking price. However, if there are not many homes for sale, you may be able to ask for a lot more.
5. Don’t upgrade too much
Being prudent about how much you upgrade your home before you put it on the market is important. Before upgrading anything, make sure that you consult with your agent one-on-one. The help of a professional can help you figure out what would be worth investing in for a good return on the price of your home. In addition to this, you don’t want to spend a lot of money that will end up going towards your new home. You should avoid buying too many furniture pieces or investing in cosmetic additions that aren’t necessary to get a good price for your house.
6. Focus on curb appeal
Curb appeal is important for any home and it can be the difference between getting your home sold quickly for a good price. Things like cleaning up your yard, painting your front door, planting flowers or plants in the front of your property, and putting out fresh-cut flowers throughout the home can help increase visitors to interested buyers.
7. Work with a local expert
Swinden Homes’ extensive market knowledge and intimate understanding of the local real estate landscape will work to get you top dollar for your home. Selling a home can be a stressful time, but with Swinden Homes by your side, you’re guaranteed to have an expert in your corner who knows what they are doing and will work tirelessly to get you the best price possible.
We offer pre-marketing design consultation for presentation, staging, professional photography, and drone photography to make sure your home looks its best when it goes on the market. Additionally, we offer more weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly services that take the stress out of doing it on your own.
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